Features & Controls
By Josh Fate
The small, built-in flash unit on the PL210 has a very limited range reaching up to 3.3m (10.8ft) at wide zoom. Although you have to keep close, the flash can operate in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Red-Eye Fix and Slow Synch modes.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished on the 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen. With 3 levels of brightness, there is a setting for any lighting condition, including daylight.
Back Controls: Starting on top you have the "mode" key that allows you to set your camera to various shooting modes. Next the "menu" key takes you into all of your camera's options, such as sound, display, and shooting modes. The 4-way pad that allows you to scroll through the menu and function screens. The "ok" button is used to select options in these screens. In capture mode the 4-way pad can also be used as a shortcut for some options: "UP" will change the screen display to only basic information and back to all photo info, "DOWN" selects between Auto-focus and Macro, "LEFT" allows you to choose a flash mode, and "RIGHT" lets you decide to set the self timer if wanted. Bottom left is the "Play" button that moves the camera into play mode. To the right of the play button you have the "Function" key that brings up the function shortcut menu. The function key also substitutes as the delete key when applicable.
Located on the right side of the PL200 is the combination I/O port. This port is for the USB 2.0 (full-speed) data cable, Audio/Video output for connection to a TV set, and is also the port used for recharging the battery. You may also use any USB port on your PC/Mac to charge the camera or the included is an AC adapter. No AV cable is included.
Powering the PL210 is a 3.7V, 850mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery is charged through the I/O port via a USB cable and adapter or USB port on a computer. This allows you to leave the battery in the camera all the time, but it does make it more difficult to keep a second battery charged and on hand.
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